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Places to visit on your trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Places to visit on your trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a great place for a weekend getaway or a vacation with family or friends. This beautiful place is located between the towns of Písaq and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Vilcanota River, about 35 km from Cusco. And in this opportunity we will know the best places to visit in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Visit to Pisac

Pisac is located in the province of Calca, just 32 kilometers northeast of Cusco, at an altitude of approximately 2,950 meters above sea level in the so-called Sacred Valley of the Inca civilization. Pisac, an important historical site that you should not miss in this beautiful place of Cusco.

Pisac is divided into two areas, the ancient area at the top is an Inca archaeological site and the current site is in the valley and dates from colonial times. The main square of Pisac is a colorful place where various handicrafts are sold.

The best option to get to this impressive tourist attraction in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is to use the services of a travel agency, but you can also organize your own visit and explore more sites without worries. Of course, you can also go to Pisaq on your own, but it is better to go with an agent, this way you will enjoy 100% of your stay in Cusco.

Archaeological Center of Ollantaytambo

One of the must-see attractions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is Ollantaytambo, also known as the Living City, because over time some of the traditions of this magical place have survived. Integrity, as it was and continues to be inherited from generation to generation. The lively town of Ollantaytambo is located on the Urubamba River at 2,792 meters above sea level.

To reach this famous archaeological site, you have to travel about 72 kilometers from Cusco and 32 kilometers through Machu Pichu. Visit Urubamba

Another place you need to know in the sacred valley, is Urubamba, a warm and comfortable place located at 2,871 M.S.N.M in Cusco.

You can visit places like:

  • Pablo Seminario Ceramic Workshop
  • Urubamba Market
  • Relax in a tourist hotel
  • Torrechayoq
  • Get the holy drink for the Inca, the delicious Chicha de Jora.
  • Visit the main square of the province
  • Go to the church of Urubamba

Visit Salara de Maras and Murray Archaeological Center

Salines de Maras and the Archaeological Center of Marzo, located in the province of Urubamba, are two magical places you should know about.

Salt mines of Maras:

They have around 3000 natural salt wells After an interesting natural process, this naturally produced pink salt is extracted by people and recommended by MINSA because it is a beneficial mineral for human health.

Moray

It has been known since the time of the Incas. It has andenerías as the altiplanos, which in Inca times were used to cultivate Andean products according to the climate they needed, and thus covered the basic needs of that time. However, there are other theories that try to explain the origin of the stairs.

The truth is that when you witness with your own eyes the archaeological center of Moray, you will understand how ingenious the Incas were in building this place. To get to Moray, you should hire a tour that will allow you to see not only Moray but the entire Sacred Valley of the Incas. Do not forget that it is better to use the services of a travel agency.

The Inca Trail in Urquillos:

When we hear “Inca Trail”, we immediately think of the Inca Trail network of roads, also known as Qhapac Ñan. And yes, the Inca Trail to Urquillos has a certain connection due to the function it fulfilled during the Inca period. Let’s keep in mind that in Inca times, the different roads were rooted in interconnection and over the years, due to all the events and population growth, some of the Inca roads did not have as their main function to communicate with each other.

However, in different parts of Cusco there are still roads built by the Incas, one of them is Urquillos with a length of 9 km. In addition to walking along the historic Inca Trail, you can also admire the majestic mountain scenery. Best of all, it is completely free.

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